Duke Energy donated more than $2.8 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the state in 2016. Additionally, Duke Energy South Carolina employees volunteered nearly 14,000 hours of community service last year through the “Duke Energy in Action” program.
“Community and service are integrated into everything our company does,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president, in a news release. “Through the Duke Energy Foundation, we provide philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where our customers live and work, and we look forward to continuing that legacy of charitable giving and employee volunteerism in 2017 and beyond.”
According to the release, grant recipients in 2016 included the Urban League of the Upstate, United Way of Pickens County, Piedmont Agency on Aging, The Felician Center, Anne Springs Close Greenway, Florence-Darlington Technical College and the Chapman Cultural Center.
“The Duke Energy that we know is local,” said Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of the Chapman Cultural Center, in the release. “Our Duke Energy has been supporting the arts and sciences in Spartanburg for more than 30 years. Duke Energy has sponsored countless education programs and helped us put STEM and STEAM programs in every school in Spartanburg County.”
The nearly 14,000 hours of community service Duke Energy employees performed in 2016 included helping revitalize playgrounds for at-risk youth, supplying turkeys and helping prepare Thanksgiving dinner for those in need, and organizing food and school supply drives.